# Pokemon maths challenges

Here is a quick share of an A-Level revision idea that a colleague (@209fifashirts) and I developed last year. It is similar to the flipped revision idea I shared last week but has a specific theme. Pokemon. Just to be clear, I had no idea when it came to Pokemon, but have been told that they are pocket monsters that humans (trainers) train to fight each other. The idea is in order for the trainers to progress, they need to become eligible of fighting one of the more powerful trainers known as ‘gym leaders’. If they defeat 8 gym leaders, they receive a badge as a reward.

This idea came from an ex-student who was a bit of a Pokemon fanatic and proved to be popular amongst our 6th form students. I will explain how it works:

1. Student selects (or is assigned) a topic to ‘defeat’ and goes into ‘training’.
2. Once they are ready, they  are challenged by 4 gym leaders (exam style questions).
3. They ‘defeat’ the gym leaders by scoring over 80% on the questions (they must do this on their own without assistance)
4. If they score above 80% they receive a badge, otherwise they go back into training and can re-attempt at a later date.

Students really enjoyed working in this way and some got a little obsessed over collecting the badges. They would often turn up outside of lessons to complete challenges and it helped create a fun, positive environment around revision time. It was also a useful way of assessing progress of revision and I would set students challenges based on the areas they need to work on.

Around 50 challenges have been created so far for Core 3, Core 4, FP1, FP4, S1, M1, M2, M3, D2.

Click here to see a full log of the challenges created – they are based on AQA but could easily be adapted for other exam boards. I will update this as more are created.

## 39 thoughts on “Pokemon maths challenges”

1. #### mainh

April 1, 2015 at 10:18am

Yes I’d love a link to these Pokémon challenges. They look great. Never to old for a challenge and reward. Thanks

• #### MathedUp

April 1, 2015 at 12:04pm

I have emailed you a link to the challenges. I hope your students enjoy them and find them useful. Be sure to come back and let me know how you get on..

• #### travman1972

December 5, 2016 at 10:19pm

Can I get a linl or copy of these math challenges? My school is doing a pokemon day and this would be awesome to have.

• #### MathedUp

December 6, 2016 at 12:22am

All the challenges can be found on the A-Level takeaway pages.

2. #### Martina

April 9, 2015 at 1:21am

Can I have a copy as well please?

• #### MathedUp

April 9, 2015 at 8:53am

You have mail 🙂

3. #### Hans

April 14, 2015 at 12:19am

Morning – love the idea & I think it would be easily adapted to Australian curriculum. I would love you to forward a link please.

• #### MathedUp

April 14, 2015 at 12:27am

No worries. I’ve emailed you a link. Be sure to come back and let me know how you get on 🙂

4. #### Rich

April 14, 2015 at 8:28am

I have two Further Maths students who love pokemon but find revision a challenge – can I have a copy please?

• #### MathedUp

April 14, 2015 at 8:38am

Absolutely! I’ve sent you an email through.. I hope they enjoy them.

5. #### Gary

April 14, 2015 at 1:14pm

This sounds fantastic, could I have a copy please. Did you make the badges yourself or buy them from a company

• #### MathedUp

April 14, 2015 at 2:06pm

Hi, I have sent through the challenges. I used to order badges from a company (see post: https://www.mathedup.co.uk/maths-revision-badges/ ) but now we have a badge making machine so make our own. The designs for these are included in the link I have sent.

I hope your students enjoy the challenges. Let me know how you get on..

6. #### Sarah

April 20, 2015 at 12:44pm

This looks great, could I have a copy please?

• #### MathedUp

April 20, 2015 at 6:14pm

Sure. I have emailed it through to you. Let me know how you get on..

7. #### nwom

April 29, 2015 at 10:26am

Great idea, please could you email me a copy? Thanks!

• #### MathedUp

April 29, 2015 at 11:32pm

I have sent it through. Let me know how it goes 🙂

8. #### Alison Peake

May 6, 2015 at 12:08pm

I’d love a copy too please?

• #### MathedUp

May 7, 2015 at 1:01am

I have emailed this through to you. Let me know how it goes..

9. #### Zoe

May 8, 2015 at 2:06pm

This looks brilliant! Could I please have a copy!

Many Thanks!!

• #### MathedUp

May 8, 2015 at 7:41pm

Have emailed it through. Let me know how you get on 🙂

10. #### Sasha

May 8, 2015 at 2:09pm

Hi,
I would love a copy please.

• #### MathedUp

May 8, 2015 at 7:42pm

Have emailed it through to you. Let me know how it goes.

11. #### John

May 12, 2015 at 7:52am

• #### MathedUp

May 12, 2015 at 8:24am

Email sent. Let me know how you get on

12. #### eali

May 20, 2015 at 8:36am

Hi
these look fantastic. Please can I have a copy!
Thanks

• #### MathedUp

May 20, 2015 at 10:43pm

I have emailed them through to you 🙂

13. #### Yuu

October 18, 2015 at 3:49am

Brilliant idea! Can I have one too?

• #### MathedUp

October 18, 2015 at 9:15pm

I’ve sent these through. Let me know how you get on

14. #### Rebecca Hood

October 29, 2015 at 6:41pm

hi, could you send me the challenges? The link isn’t working

• #### MathedUp

October 31, 2015 at 10:22am

I have fixed the link and.. You have mail 🙂

15. #### Yoshi

November 23, 2015 at 10:57pm

Hello, could you send me the link please. This looks amazing. Many thanks.

• #### MathedUp

November 23, 2015 at 11:45pm

You have mail

16. #### webmaths

January 1, 2016 at 10:34am

Hi, could you please send me the link to your pokemon challenges. A great way to motivate students! Thanks.

• #### MathedUp

January 4, 2016 at 2:43am

Sent 🙂

17. #### Aston Kimmie

May 5, 2016 at 4:49am

Hi
Thanks so much man 🙂

• #### MathedUp

May 6, 2016 at 9:59pm

Hi. All of the challenges are now available on the ‘A-Level takeaway’ pages. You will find the link on the main menu at the top of the page (or bottom if you are on your mobile)

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19. #### carriegobrien1

October 21, 2016 at 1:10pm

I would love a copy please! This looks fantastic.

• #### carriegobrien1

October 21, 2016 at 1:10pm

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